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Edward McKay Used Books & More Hosts Event Focused on the Purpose and Power of Cover Songs

Panelists to Discuss Cover Song Trends and Tips at Third Annual Event in Downtown Raleigh.

Raleigh, NC, September 06, 2012 --( Edward McKay Used Books & More (, North Carolina’s leading independent retailer of books, movies, CDs, vinyl records, electronics, video games, audio books, textbooks and related items, has announced it will host a panel on “Fresh Sheets: The Purpose and Power of Cover Songs” on Friday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. at the Raleigh City Museum at 220 Fayetteville St.

The event will include a musical performance by Catherine Edgerton, artist, musician and member of the popular Durham quartet Midtown Dickens. The event will also include a discussion among panelist members and an interactive question-and-answer session with the audience. Monitoring the panel will be Brian Howe, former lead singer for Bad Company and one of rock and roll’s most well-known and legendary voices. Panelists will include Peter Holsapple, singer, songwriter and lead guitarist of the jangle-pop band the dB’s; Jesse Jarnow, freelance writer, announcer on WFMU and author of the new Yo La Tengo book, Big Day Coming; Marylsse Simmons, pianist and organ player for Bio Ritmo, a popular salsa band based in Richmond, Va.; Matthew Papich, singer, songwriter and creator of solo project Co La; and Catherine Edgerton.

The panel is free and open to the public; however, admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information on the series and Hopscotch Music Festival, visit

“The series on the purpose and power behind popular cover songs is sure to educate aspiring artists and music enthusiasts,” said Jennifer Keys, general manager of Edward McKay Used Books & More in Raleigh, N.C. “We are honored to host such talented panelists and are looking forward to continuing our involvement with the Hopscotch Music Festival.”

- Previous years’ participants in the Edward McKay Used Books & More Cultural Series have included musicians such as Chuck D of Public Enemy, Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers, as well as writers such as Christopher Weingarten, Mark Richardson and Mark Anthony Neal. They have explored topics from the place of hip-hop in politics and social struggles to the power of the well-written song.

About Edward McKay Used Books & More:
Started in 1974 by an ex-Army officer in Fayetteville, N.C., Edward McKay Used Books & More has grown to four stores across North Carolina in Raleigh, Greensboro, Fayetteville and Winston-Salem. The independent retailer is one of the largest suppliers in the state of used books, CDs, DVDs, videos, video games, vinyl records, textbooks, electronics and related items. Open seven days a week, the stores buy, sell and trade from individuals. For more information, visit

About Hopscotch Music Festival:
Now in its third year, The Independent Weekly’s Hopscotch Music Festival brings 175 bands to 15 venues in downtown Raleigh. Intended to highlight the Triangle’s music scene by pairing exciting local talent with notable national and international artists, Hopscotch offers choices in just about every genre imaginable—rock, hip-hop, alt-country, metal, dance, punk, classical, noise, drone, folk and more. It is a festival that thrives on the variety and quality of its lineup, and with roughly 35 percent of the musicians hailing from Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and other nearby locales this year, it is a testament to both this region’s musical diversity and its national relevance. Featuring bands at night, day parties, the Edward McKay Used Books & More Cultural Series, charity activities, a poster exhibition, and more, Hopscotch takes place Sept. 6-8. For more information, visit

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